Even after the localized rains we received last week, National weather service, state nor local county fire marshals have lifted our bans on outdoor burning or open fires. Even a fire in your BBQ pit / grill can cost you dearly after paying a your fine for violating the burn bans. Grass fires are still a real threat to many counties in Texas and all of southwest Oklahoma that continues to be included in an on going 5+ year drought. National Weather Service 90 day forecast shows no signs of an improvement in our drought conditions.
I may be forced to purchase an outdoor timer to set times and days I need to water my Tiny Garden. Either that or abandon my gardening efforts all together, and that’s not and option I’m am willing to take. The hot dry days of summer are fast approaching, I must get my drip irrigation system installed. I have no desire to be watering undesirable plants (weeds and grass) in my Tiny Garden, besides, weeding will be less of a problem if I’m not watering them. Grinning…
Drip and soaked irrigation has been used in many forms around the world for several thousand years. It has only been in the 20th century that it’s development blossomed into a commercial enterprise note worthy of close study and use.
If you only have few plants then something as simple as a 1 or 2 liter soda bottle with a hole or two a bit larger than a pin hole near it’s base and place the bottle near each plant may be all that is need to feed and water your garden plants. If you are using this method, do not replace the cap on your bottle or drill 1 or 2 ‘small’ holes in the cap , this will prevent a vacuum in the bottle that will stop water from being emptied from your water bottle. The size and number of holes will determine how quickly water flows out of your DIY drip irrigation bottle. Best results will be had if the drip hole is not covered or in direct contact with your garden soil. Two liters twice a week is ample for most plants, vigorous growing plants in full fruit production may need 4 to 6 liters or more every week for best results without supplemental rains.
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Knowing when to water can be determined by watching your plants. Don’t worry about them looking stressed and some what wilted at 5pm, this is normal for most plants. Step 1, Look at your plants at 7 or 8am, if they still look wilted and did not recover during the cool night time temperatures move to step two. Step 2, near your plant, be careful not to damage it’s root system, dig down 1 to 2 inches, if the soil is still damp, you need not apply water to that plant. Remember, many more plants are killed by home gardeners from ‘Over’ watering than under watering. When you do water, deep water less often than then using a sprinkler to wet a small amount on the top 1/4 or 1/2 inch of soil. This will force your plants to set a deep root systems for healthier more durable plants than shallow watering.
Why is common sense so uncommon?
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